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Flyers at Maple Leafs: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Maple Leafs: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Next up: the Maple Leafs.

A night after suffering a 5-2 loss to the defending champion Capitals, the Flyers (34-28-8) meet another Stanley Cup contender in the Maple Leafs (42-23-5).

Let's get into Friday night's essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Scotiabank Arena
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Toronto comes in with the NHL's third-best goal differential at plus-46 and it scores 3.57 goals per game, tied for third with the Flames.

The Maple Leafs are actually on a two-game losing streak. They've lost three in a row only once this season.

Back on Nov. 24, Toronto walloped the Flyers, 6-0, at Scotiabank Arena without Auston Matthews. Andreas Johnsson scored a hat trick in the opening 12:20 of the game and has not combined to score three goals against any other club this season.

The good thing for the Flyers: Calvin Pickard started in net and that won't be the case Friday night, as they should have a much better shot with Brian Elliott starting and Carter Hart backing up.

• Friday night is a big one for the Flyers. Every game is big at this point, but considering the Blue Jackets will be dropping the puck the same time the Flyers do, it should be an eventful night of watching hockey and the NHL scoreboard.

Columbus hosts the Hurricanes, who are 15-4-1 in their last 20 games. The Flyers enter Friday night five points back of the Blue Jackets for the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot with 12 games remaining.

On Saturday night, Columbus (81 points) visits the Bruins, while the Canadiens (81 points) host the Blackhawks. The Flyers (76 points) are idle before traveling to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup with the Penguins.

• For the second time, James van Riemsdyk will return to Toronto, where he put up a pair of 30-goal campaigns and played in three postseasons from 2012-18.

JVR is on a roll right now for the Flyers, scoring 15 goals in 27 games since Jan. 10. For some context, Alex Ovechkin and Vladimir Tarasenko both have 16 over that span.

Since Jan. 10, the Flyers are 19-6-2.

• Elliott went 2-0-0 against the Maple Leafs last season, stopping 48 of 52 shots faced. That Toronto team did not have John Tavares, who has 19 career goals in 43 games against the Flyers, his second-most markers vs. any NHL club.

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk-Nolan Patrick-Claude Giroux
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny
Phil Varone-Corban Knight-Ryan Hartman

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chuck Fletcher wanted to give Scott Gordon some time to think about his future.

The general manager said Gordon was understandably disappointed Monday morning when he was told he didn't earn the Flyers' full-time head coaching position.

What might Gordon be doing in the meantime?

Good chance he's checking in on the NHL playoffs.

Two weeks ago, Gordon was in limbo with the Flyers — a part of meetings moving forward and considered a strong candidate for the head coaching job, but with nothing guaranteed.

He was asked if such a dynamic was awkward at all.

"At the end of every year, it doesn't matter where you are or what your contract is, there's always a chance you're not going to be back," Gordon said. "I go into the summer or the end of the season, I obviously reflect on the past season, what I'd like to do different [or keep] the same."

In doing so, Gordon likes to study the postseason. A big advocate of dissecting game film, Gordon does the same with the Stanley Cup Final.

"I generally try to watch the playoffs as a fan and then in the finals, I'll watch it as a fan but then I will get those on a computer and break down, in August, some of the things … when the playoffs go through, just identify some things that I like that teams did," Gordon said. "Pay particular attention to the finals in August, as far as what I might consider doing differently, pull footage and present to my team maybe a different way of going about business."

Which team Gordon is working for in 2019-20 is unknown. He impressed Fletcher as the Flyers' interim head coach. The club was in the basement of the 31-team NHL standings more than halfway through the regular season. By March 11, the Flyers were within three points of a playoff spot following an 18-4-2 spree under Gordon.

Fletcher said he would likely touch base with Gordon again after Easter weekend. He will welcome him back to the organization with open arms. Fletcher said Gordon's previous job as head coach of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley was his if the 56-year-old wanted it.

However, Gordon said after the Flyers' regular-season finale that his time with the 2018-19 club changed his perspective on coaching in the NHL again, a much-needed spark following a not-so-memorable two-plus seasons as head coach of the Islanders from 2008-10.

"My experience in Long Island wasn't a great one," Gordon said April 6. "So much so that I didn't really think too much about coaching in the NHL. If it happened, great, but I wasn't losing any sleep over it. As I told the players after the game tonight, coming in here and dealing with the character of the players — not just as players but as people — reinvigorated that desire to coach in the NHL. With that being said, I'll do what job is asked of me and I won't think twice about it."

Gordon won't have any issues finding a job. He'll be watching the Stanley Cup Final, ready to coach.

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Maple Leafs, Golden Knights can clinch on home ice

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Maple Leafs, Golden Knights can clinch on home ice

Four first-round playoff series remain alive.

Two of those four series could end Sunday.

Both the Maple Leafs and Golden Knights can advance to the second round if they win their respective Game 6s on home ice.

Below is the full schedule for Day 12 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (TOR 3-2)
Game 6, Eastern Conference first round
3 p.m. ET | TV: NBC | Live stream here

San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights (VGK 3-2)
Game 6, Western Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here